Public Health Workforce Needs for Surveillance
This chapter describes the current and future needs for the public health workforce in order for us to continue to do effective public health surveillance outlined in the preceding chapters. It emphasizes the need to monitor the skills of the workforce and ensure they match the evolving needs of the field of public health surveillance. It provides a description of the evolution of surveillance data skill areas, the critical disciplines needed by surveillance in the era of technology, and competencies needed by the existing workforce in public health, particularly in the arena of data management, analysis, and interpretation. The chapter emphasizes the crucial need for a relatively new discipline of public health—the informatician. It defines public health informatics and lists competencies for public health informaticians. It concludes with a plan for a strategic approach to recruiting and retaining the public health workforce needed for the new world of public health surveillance.
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